Nutrients That Can Reduce Lead Poisoning

Nutrients That Can Reduce Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is a medical condition in which excess lead in the body severely affects the functioning of organs and sends all bodily systems into an over-drive. Though the reasons behind the condition are many and varied, and most often a result of excessive exposure to the metal, the repercussions of accumulation of huge levels of lead in the system can lead to a plethora of illnesses that include headaches, seizures, coma and sometimes even death, especially among children.

For the most part, exposure to lead is a general hazard, courtesy polluted, unclean air, and hence is contrary to the general assumption that the level of lead in your body depends on one’s diet. While the supposition is not to be altogether discounted, lead poisoning is often a result of contact with the metal through things as mundane as window sills, lead paint, and the wide-spread presence of the metal.

The levels of lead in a person’s body are commonly found through blood lead level test, which identifies the amount of lead circulating in the blood stream. Since lead is a harbinger of worse illnesses that include anemia, high blood pressure and neurological imbalances such as brain damage, memory loss and related behavioral disorders, here are certain simple foods you can include in your diet to counter the maladies of lead.

  • Deficiency of iron is the most common cause behind lead poisoning as shortage of iron leads to increased absorption of lead by the body. Include a lot of red meat, dark leafy greens, beans,lentils, egg yolks, soybeans and cereal rich in iron to ensure that your body has sufficient iron to be absorbed by the system.
  • Pack a lot of calcium in your diet as well to help your body to reduce the levels of lead. Foods such as milk and dairy products including cheese and yogurt, calcium supplements and foods fortified with calcium will help you wash away extra lead in your body.
  • Fruits rich in vitamin c, like papayas, oranges, pineapples and strawberries aid in the absorption of iron. Tomatoes and broccoli too, are loaded with vitamin c, which helps in ridding the system of excess lead.

Given the seriousness of lead poisoning, especially in children, it is always better to consult a doctor immediately if any symptoms of lead poisoning, as listed above, are exhibited by anyone at any point.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad